Ecology and the Crisis of Overpopulation: Future Prospects for Global Sustainability
'. . . it offers many original insights into the population question and should interest academics and professionals in various disciplines.' - J.R. McDonald, Choice 'His knowledge is encyclopaedic and he has one of the clearest and most engaging writing styles I have seen for a very long time. . . . It is unique as a volume because it weaves a good story from both "ancient and modern" theories of population change. Especially attractive is the exposition of recent economic theories of fertility. . . . Thoroughly recommended.' - David Pearce, University College London, UK Current population growth is leading to a depletion in natural resources and could eventually cause irreversible damage to the environment. This book attempts to explain trends in the growth of the global population and the ecological consequences by blending the insights of analytical economics and behavioural ecology.
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The ecological foundations of fertility
Moving down the Eltonian Pyramid
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adult services adverse external effects affluent Africa agricultural behaviour breeding strategy cent chapter child rearing child services co-operation collective consequences constraint cost of child countries couple culture decision demographic transition direct intervention dynastic survival ecologists economic growth Economists think environmental equilibrium evolutionary stable strategy example fertility decline fertility rates food supply gambit Georgist greater hereditary immortality household human capital human ingenuity human population incentive increase investment land land value tax large young lexicographic preferences living Malthus marginal child maximum number micro model million narrow niche-spaces natural environment neo-Malthusians niche number of children number of surviving optimum population overcrowding externalities overpopulation parents population growth poverty preferences prisoner's dilemma procreation prosperity raise reason reduce fertility result rural self-regulation smaller families social South Korea space supergame survival chances survival uncertainty surviving children Taiwan technical progress territories third world third world cities trade-off welfare world population